As this whole A-Rod affair erupts, another Major League player has gotten himself in trouble over steroid use, and it could lead to a year-long stay in the slammer.
The WASHINGTON POST reports that Miguel Tejada has been charged with lying to congressional investigators over the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball. The current Astro and former Oriole & A’s player is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court in Washington at 11 a.m. tomorrow. And if convicted, Tejada could face a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail.
The charges stem from an interview Tejada had with investigators at a Baltimore hotel in 2005, after former teammate Rafael Palmiero blamed a positive steroid test on a B-12 shot Miguel gave him.
Strangely, prosecutors aren’t going after Tejada for allegedly lying about his own steroid use, but for fibbing about the use by others:
Prosecutors did not charge Tejada with lying about allegations concerning his own steroids use.
Instead, they accuse Tejada of giving false statements to congressional staffers about his conversations with another player about steroids and human growth hormone.
That player, who was not named in court papers, is identifiable as Adam Piatt. They played together on the Oakland Athletics in 2003, and prosecutors allege that Tejada purchased human growth hormone from him that year. They do not accuse Tejada of using the substance or lying about his use of it, however.
Even though there is a chance at a full year behind bars, a guilty verdict for Tejada would more likely mean anywhere from probation to 6 months in a cell.
And if Miguel won’t talk, the feds can always sic the “E:60″ team on him.